The Liberal Democrats on Cornwall Council have slammed Tories who voted against major investment in Cornwall’s schools at today’s online full council meeting.
A boost to the Capital Programme investing in improving Cornwall was proposed by Deputy Leader of Cornwall Council, Lib Dem Councillor Adam Paynter. The proposed boost to Cornwall was approved in today’s full Council, however, many Tories voted against or abstained from voting for investments in Cornwall’s schools, roads, the Tamar Bridge and disabled facilities.
In addition to significant funding for Cornish schools, the Capital Programme is a long-term programme of projects delivering on significant improvements, facilitating and enabling key projects for the residents of Cornwall. The latest overall programme includes major planned expenditure of:
- £290m on highways improvements and transport links including those which are being delivered through the Growth Deal programme
- £500m on new and improved housing projects, including the Housing Development Programme and schemes within the Housing Revenue Account.
- £270m on schemes which support economic growth, including schemes which are being developed as part of the Council’s Investment Programme.
Pat Rogerson, Lib Dem Chair of Cornwall Council’s Children and Families Overview and Scrutiny Committee said:
“I’m delighted that the Lib Dem’s multi-million pound boost to Cornish schools was approved, however, it beggars belief that local Tory councillors have voted against much needed funding for our children and young people”.
Deputy Leader of Cornwall Council, Adam Paynter:
“It is shocking but not surprising that Tories on Cornwall Council have voted against a funding boost for Cornish children. They have voted AGAINST investment in school improvements, road improvements, Tamar Bridge and ferry improvements, disabled facilities grants and health and safety improvements to our environmental assets!!
“This is just another example of just how out of touch the Tories in Cornwall and in Westminster are”.